Sources say Google will give Android users more privacy controls

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Sources from Bloomberg are saying that Google is ready to give Android users more control over what data applications are allowed to access.

The Android operating system with give users more accessibility in that they have choices over what applications are allowed to access, people familiar with the matter said. A move to giving users more privacy controls would be excellent. After all, what game really needs access to your phone calls? And what texting app really needs access to your photos? It’s a big privacy concern for many Android users.

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Google runs into LinkedIn snag in effort to build new headquarters

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Earlier this year Google revealed some conceptual drawings and a video for a new headquarters it hoped to build in Mountain View. The concepts came out when Google filed documents with the Mountain View City Council. The tech behemoth has run into a snag though as a council vote awarded the bulk of the development space to LinkedIn instead of Google. The portion of the 2.2 million square foot space that is left for Google to use would leave space for just one of the four buildings the company had planned to eventually construct. Read more

Google will intro Voice Access service at I/O for controlling apps without touching your phone

voice access ioGoogle I/O 2015 is shaping up to be pretty exciting, and the latest news from the conference only adds to that. Google will apparently be showing off a new Voice Access service that will allow developers to easily add ways for users to control their apps completely hands-free. Google has been pushing for voice activated stuff ever since the Google/Motorola collaboration that turned out to be the 2013 Moto X, and we’ve seen voice control make its way into other Google apps since then. Read more

Google’s Project Fi cancels your Google Voice account, at least until you cancel Project Fi

Project_Fi_Nexus_6_01When Google announced Project Fi, there were some concerns over its compatibility with Google Voice. It was clarified that if you ported your GV number over to Fi, you’d keep all of your texts, call logs, and other Voice settings, but you were going to lose tons of functionality that many users were probably familiar with, especially when it came to Google Talk and Google Voice apps. Read more

Google Rolls out Optical Character Recognition in over 200 Languages

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Improvement in Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology is one of Google’s lesser-known projects, at least to lay consumers. In reality, many of us have been using OCR for years without knowing what it actually is.

OCR is the technology that enables Google to digitize text captured in image format and make it legibile from the computer’s perspective. So if you’ve ever uploaded a scanned PDF or other image file to Drive, then asked Drive to “Open with – Google Docs,” Google employs OCR, opening a new version of the document that displays the original image and then the extracted text.

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Google now bigger on mobile than desktop, company says

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As the mobile industry grows, so does Google, it seems. The search giant announced that users are now searching more on mobile than desktops in ten countries. The company mentioned that the US and Japan were on the list, but refuses to reveal the other eight.

Smartphones are certainly a major part of this statistic, but tablet searches are included as well. Adapting to this new change, Google will be rolling out a new smartphone-friendly ad format that will be richer and more engaging than the traditional mouse clicks of AdWords.

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Google I/O 2015 schedule now live and available to view

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The schedule for Google I/O 2015 is now up and available to view. As you might be familiar with from past events, Google will be kicking off the two-day event with a two-hour keynote, followed by a day filled with exciting breakout sessions!

On the website, you’ll be able to create your own custom Google I/O 2015 schedule (e.g. such as breakouts you plan on attending), and get notifications on devices you sign-in with. There’s a lot of exciting sessions to cover, so be sure to fit in as much as you can!

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